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2 Ways To Stop Being Allergic To Hair Dye

Most of us have dyed our hair at least once in life. This incredible invention brings us a different and youthful appearance, which might not be achieved with the original hair color.

Unfortunately, dyeing hair is not always good, especially when you don’t really understand what your hair and your scalp need.

For older people, they are more likely to hesitate about using hair dye due to the chemical components.

Things even get worse if you possess sensitive scalp and skin. But don’t panic, this article will help you understand more about the symptoms of hair allergy, and also provide you with some tips to get rid of it.

How do you know if you’re allergic to hair dye?

Any weird symptoms after dyeing your hair might be the soonest warnings that you are allergic to hair dye. They can appear after a few hours of the dyeing process, or even days later.

If you have at least one of these following reactions, that means you are sensitive to hair color:

  1. Itchy, red skin or scalp
  2. Nettle-rash
  3. Swollen eyes, lips, hands, feet,…
  4. Headache, unconscious
  5. Tummy pain

Some of these might be temporary symptoms, but if they become severe, you are in danger now and need to meet a hair specialist and a doctor.

Can you suddenly become allergic to hair dye?

The sad news is, you can become allergic to hair dye even if you haven’t had any allergy reaction with hair color before.

According to Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at BCM, a person can develop an allergy to a product (commonly hair dyes) at any point in time.

Therefore, you should always listen to your body whenever you have your hair dyed and notice any symptoms later on.

Can you still dye your hair if you’re allergic?

The answer is maybe, but not recommended. Actually, it depends on how you react to hair dye.

If you are only sensitive to a specific brand, just forget it and stick with others, or if you have mild symptoms and they disappear after a few hours, it would be still safe to dye your hair.

However, you need to stop using chemical hair dyes immediately if you have serious allergy symptoms.

It’s time to find other alternatives that are considered to be healthier and more natural to opt for.

How do you stop being allergic to hair dye?

It must be frustrating if this is your first time dyeing hair and you realize that you are allergic to this hair care product. So how do we get rid of these allergic symptoms? Let’s find out the answer below.

PPD is the main factor found in most hair dyes that cause allergy.

Therefore, to relieve your reactions to hair dye, the key is to eliminate this substance lingered on your skin.

Method 1: Ease the symptoms with medicines and other products

The point is removing as much PPD left in your scalp as possible. Here are some options that can help you.

  1. Rinse the hair dye off thoroughly with warm water and mild shampoo.
  2. Apply a solution of potassium permanganate, or hydrogen peroxide to the affected area.
  3. Use shampoos containing topical corticosteroids, such as Clobex, on your scalp.
  4. Take an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, to help reduce skin inflammation and itching.

See also: The 24 Best Shampoos and Conditioners for Sensitive Scalps

Method 2: Use healthier alternatives

Instead of treating the sensitive symptoms from hair dye, why not prevent it from scratch? Using other natural-based products will be ideal in this case.

Pure henna and indigo should be first mentioned. These are natural, safe, but still effectively work as other commercial hair dye.

You can also think about other semi-permanent hair dye products with free additives and are certified by a reliable source.

See also: The 20 Best Henna Hair Dyes

What is the best hair dye for sensitive scalp?

As already mentioned, PPD is the main reason that makes your scalp and skin irritated. So the best hair dye for sensitive scalp would be non-PPD products.

Fortunately, today, many manufacturers care about customers’ health, and they are aiming to release environment-friendly and natural merchandise to the community.

That’s why it’s not really hard to find a free-PPD hair dye brand, such as Matrix ColorInsider Permanent Hair Color, Clairol Natural Instincts, Garnier Olia Oil Permanent Hair Color, or Calore Color Semi-Permanent Hair Color.

In conclusion, we believe that it’s worth giving any new hair color product a patch test before you really dye it on your hair. It is to make sure that you are able to use it without worrying about allergy.

See also: 4 natural alternatives to styling gel for sensitive hair



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